Over Sh 42.5 million boost for Wajir farmers

The Livestock farmers in Wajir have received a new lease of life after they received cheques worth Sh. 42,583,800 to mitigate against severe drought.

The cheques were issued on Wednesday by a delegation led by Agriculture Principal Secretary (PS), Andrew Tuimur and his Tourism counterpart, Fatuma Hirsi at Baraza Park in Wajir town under the Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (KLIP).

The Tourism PS urged the residents to plan ahead to avoid loss of livestock during the perennial drought in the area. Let’s stop the usual annual or three year cycle of drought, Ms Hirsi said.

Tuimur told the residents of the need to build resilience in the region, adding, We launched the programme as a pilot project in Turkana and Wajir in 2014 and we hope to see it grow in the coming years

The innovative product employs satellite technology to monitor drought conditions and trigger payment in the event of severe forage scarcity.

The Wajir West legislator, Ahmed Kolosh who attended the occasion urged the government to be steadfast in planning ahead.

We need to plan ahead to avoid the situation where we are always talking of drought and loss of livestock, he reiterated.

The delegation which was received by Wajir Deputy Governor, Ahmed Mukhtar toured Griftu pastoral training centre to assess the capability of the centre which offers agriculture and livestock based courses.

Source: Kenya News Agency